this movie scared the fucking shit out of me when i was like seven. i know it kind of sucks but they could not have gotten a more warm, poignantly vulnerable group of actors to play the losers club, young and old. and of course tim curry has a sleazy, noxious charm. his pennywise knows that mockery is terrifying to children. it makes my heart hurt to think what the ensemble could've done in a less slapdash production
Spent most of Labor Day finishing Stephen King's mammoth novel, almost immediately followed by this mini-series, of which I'd only ever caught bits and pieces over the years. I must admit the fealty to the source material impressed me. Sure, some of the performances leave something to be desired, but there's an earnestness to this one—you can tell Tommy Lee Wallace believed in the material, even if ABC didn't.
Yes, clowns are creepy. John Wayne Gacy Jr. stigmatised them for ever more and Stephen King's source material is malevolent business. This is a strong adaptation that functionally brings the concept to the screen. It's no masterpiece but its impact is unquestionable.
Poor adaptation of the pulp King novel that seems to have become over-rated by an entire generation of horror fans who happened to see it when they were kids. The tv film completely lacks all aspects of horror and is marred by poor performances and lazy scripting and a finale both ridiculous and anti-climatic. For those with coulrophobia set off by clowns this might be terrifying for all others...meh.
The episodic-style introduction of each character is blandly repetitive, and also makes its forward momentum sputter. Once the film settles down into a straightforward telling when the kids as adults, the story itself isn't nearly as strong. Also, dare I say Curry's 'It' character feels more like an afterthought. His character should've been milked more, with scarier/tenser/more suspenseful fright set pieces.
It's a solid story, sloppily told. Seriously, this movie has not aged well. A ridiculously inconsistent tone, questionable acting, serious gaps in logic, laughable tropes clashing with misguided attempts at social commentary, and more, should make it unwatchable. It is incredibly functional and weirdly compelling sometimes as a two-parter though; there's a sense of weight
and scope to the narrative's passage of time.
Had good moments. First half has some really terrifying scenes (Curry's Pennywise is one of the scariest King's characters ever), but the second one is lame: terrible script, muzzy humor and poor acting. Also, that Lucky 7 thing works in the beginning, but flops bad in the end. It surely left his mark on pop culture, but sadly fails most of the time. My fave quote: "You all taste so much better when you're afraid".
Very creepy miniseries. The first part is without a doubt the best of the two. By the end, it becomes a bit winded and a little hard to believe, like many King novels, but still, there's a lot to enjoy about it.